Lunch with Joan L at The Standard Grill. Last time I was there? This time last year, I ate the rabbit pappardelle and was as sick as a dog. This time I managed to keep the fondue in my belly.
This time last year I was with The Penguin about to celebrate his birthday. We stayed at The Jane Hotel. I don’t know if we had a good time, I can no longer differentiate between what was good and what was bad. All I remember for sure was just how uncomfortable I felt, trying to keep that relationship alive even though I knew he was lying to me.
Loving without trusting is a bitch.
After lunch Joan and I looked at $800 leather bracelets and I bought a globe from Martin Margiela.
I could not find beard wax anywhere in the city. Consequently, I combed conditioner into my beard and it held for the duration of the shoot. What shoot? What are you talking about Duncan Roy?
Yesterday I dipped my toe back into the murky waters of reality TV.
As you may know I have been ‘seeing’ this boy. Did you know that or have I been very discreet?
Yes, you betcha I’ve been discreet.
I met Derek Lloyd Saathoff a few months ago. A cast member on a torrid reality show called the ‘A’ List. I’d never seen it. The show is, I am told, a sort of gay version of the ‘Houseives Of…’ franchise.
I’m sure Andy Cohen would be pissed if I describe it like that.
Ironically, when they were casting the first series The Penguin suggested jokingly that we would make excellent cast members.
Everyone who has seen the show is appalled that I agreed to be on it. Everyone is always appalled at every decision I make. That’s par for the course. They describe the show as a ‘train wreck’ they tell me that Derek is a ‘bitch’.
I don’t say a word. He’s just a different kind of gay. All we really have in common is cock. Anyway, we have an arrangement. I’m going to be his…Mr Big.
I am not doing this show for me but to support Derek.
As much as they say they hate it…they seem to watch it, watch it enough to know who everyone is and have an opinion about all of them.
I think appearing on the ‘A’ List will be fun.
Last night I pulled on my McQueen pants and my trusty Paul Smith jacket and walked to 24th Street where a small but well-organized crew were waiting for Derek and me to go on a ‘date’.
Actually, the crew wasn’t that small. Lesbians mostly, which was great. The ubiquitous straight boy producer who everyone finds very attractive. If he were gay would they?
I hadn’t seen D since my last trip. He’s been in the gym. No longer super slim (too thin) and boyish he has put on some very well needed weight. His arms are fleshy, firm and muscular. His ass has filled out very sexily. He feels great.
The last time we met, he was a hot mess.
We picked at the weird-looking food and sampled the virgin cocktails. We discussed our ‘relationship’ and his tanning product. We discussed his imminent trip to LA. I gave him a beautiful watch. Fans came up to him and had him hug them for the camera.
“We are great fans of the ‘A’ List.” One very attractive woman said.
She pushed her fat, gay friend at Derek who hugged him willingly, smiling that winning smile for the camera.
It was all very amusing. A video camera validates ones existence. How can that be? I remember that feeling from Sex Rehab. Just how thrilling everything was. Just how much I loved being filmed.
I was probably a little too bumptious for Derek. Too…rude. Not deferential enough. I made some joke about his Mother being in prison which seemed to shock him.
We talked about getting involved with an LA based charity. I suggested The Triangle Center for the elderly in Hollywood. He liked that idea, he said. Actually, he looked appalled.
We talked about monogamy. He looked baffled.
After the shoot Derek returned my Cartier watch and I popped it back on my wrist. I like acting.
I walked home alone after the shoot as I had to fetch the dog. I came crashing down. The intensity, the joy of being ‘on set’ the focus that one requires. I felt nostalgic…but I have no idea for what.
Perfectly adrift I called Stephen and chatted about his testicular lump. He is scared.
Then, quite by chance, we bumped into Aaron who invited me and The Little Dog back to his apartment on Avenue B where he sang songs and serenaded us with his guitar.
I would usually hate to be sung to but I wasn’t embarrassed because Aaron has a gift, he can really sing.
Bed at 2.30 am.
- The A-List: New York Recap: “Tell Me About Your Tanning” (queerty.com)